Steamboat men suspected of stealing thousands
Steamboat Springs — Two men from India working and living in Steamboat Springs for the ski season are suspected of defrauding people out of thousands of dollars.
Amar Pinni, 22, was in Denver on Thursday when police discovered he had a warrant. He faces felony charges of theft, identity theft and computer crime. Jaswinder Sandhu, 21, is suspected of felony theft. He was arrested Monday in Steamboat.
On March 1, an employee at Wells Fargo in City Market contacted police about suspicious account activity. The bank had learned that Pinni was suspected of committing computer fraud against a South Carolina woman, according to an arrest affidavit.
The affidavit states police uncovered numerous irregular deposits to accounts belonging to Pinni and Sandhu.
Police believe Sandhu defrauded a Pennsylvania man out of $3,000.
Police contacted the man. He said he had purchased “Micro Soft Protection Software” a while ago. He began receiving phone calls stating the software was defective, and he would be issued a $300 refund.
The Pennsylvania man said he spoke to one man with a British accent and a second man with a strong Indian accent.
The Pennsylvania man said he provided his account number to receive the refund because he was told getting a check was not an option.
The man discovered $3,300 was transferred to his account instead of the $300. The man was later contacted and told he needed to send back the extra $3,000.
The man got a cashier’s check and deposited the money into the account he was given.
The man later learned that the original $3,300 that had been transferred to his account had actually been transferred from his own savings account.
Police believe a similar incident occurred to the South Carolina woman.
Police Commander Annette Dopplick said the police department was unsure if there are any local victims.
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